WhatsApp to raise its minimum age to 16 in Europe
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp will set its minimum age for use from 13 to 16 in Europe when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25. Facebook itself will also modify its handling of accounts for users between the age of 13 and 15.
Online companies have been working in spurts to comply with every aspect of the GDPR, which is intended to give European internet users more control of their data and was crafted two years ago.
WhatsApp recently agreed to suspend its data handling protocol that passed users’ sensitive information onto its parent company after pressure from the United Kingdom and other European Union governments.
Reuters reports that Facebook, which has generated plenty of controversy over recent revelations of actions that suggested a lax attitude to user privacy, will also soon ask under-16s to assign a parent or guardian that will give permission for that person to share data to access the full feature suite of the networking application.
These terms will be supplied from the companies’ Ireland operations. Facebook and WhatsApp users outside of Europe will receive new privacy policies and terms of service from closer-by regional branches.